The Cold War and U.S. Diplomacy: The Ronald Reagan Doctrine - Essay

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The Cold War and U.S. Diplomacy: The Ronald Reagan Doctrine
By: Jennefer Paddock
Professor Altman: POL300
March 4, 2012

The Cold War and U.S. Diplomacy: The Ronald Reagan Doctrine
President Ronald Reagan’s Doctrine was supposed to sponsor anti-communist guerillas who were trying to overthrow pro-Soviet regimes (Roskin 58). President Reagan supported anti-communist groups, and Reagan argued that the American economy was on the move again, while the Soviet Union had become stagnant. President Reagan had morally opposed nuclear weapons since 1945, and he quietly worked to make the world safer from the threat of nuclear war. Under Reagan’s administration, the Reagan Doctrine was implemented by the United States to oppose global influence of
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Support for freedom fighters is self-defense" (Carpenter 1986). As part of his effort to gain Congressional support for the Nicaraguan contras, President Reagan labeled the contras "the moral equivalent of our founding fathers," which was controversial because the contras had shown a disregard for human rights. There also were allegations that some members of the contra leadership were involved in cocaine trafficking. President Reagan and other conservative advocates of the Reagan Doctrine advocates also argued that the doctrine served U.S. foreign policy and strategic objectives and was a moral imperative against the former Soviet Union, which Reagan, his advisers, and supporters labeled an "evil empire” (Weinberger 2004). Describe the effects of the diplomatic efforts for the United States and other countries. The Reagan Doctrine had an impact in Chile and Nicaragua. One of the first places that President Reagan turned his attention to was Chile, a country that imposed military and economic restrictions upon. By 1984, Reagan’s administration formulated a new policy toward Chile and made the restoration of democracy Chile’s main objective, as a way to prevent Chile from having to come under Soviet influence. The Reagan administration viewed the installation of democracy in Chile as necessary to ensure that Chile was not affiliated with communism. In addition, President Reagan took the communist threat in

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